There’s no 2 ways about it: It was a long summer for the St. Albert Miners. Two wins in 13 games tends to do that to a perspective, but it hasn’t dampened the lacrosse spirit of Riley Campbell. The right-handed defenseman out of Red Deer is picturing himself as a reliable defender in the National Lacrosse League and he could find out as early as Monday if he’ll get that chance. That’s when the NLL entry draft is set to go down and Campbell is hoping NLL brass has taken note of his gritty style that pushes him without hesitation into corners to battle for loose balls. It may not be a glorious job, but it’s a necessary task for team that want to win and if there’s one thing that Campbell wants to do, it’s win. In the NLL.
Weight: 180 pounds
From: Red Deer
Junior A: St. Albert Miners
What do you feel is your greatest asset that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? My defensive IQ and ability to adapt to situations. I play a gritty style of game where my footwork and work ethic are assets.
One word to describe your game? Tenacity.
What role/position do you see yourself playing the NLL? I see myself being a solid, reliable defender who will shut down offensive threats, transition well, and who is always willing to be the first person in the corners battling.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? Sandy Chapman is a very admirable player to model my game after. His heart and work ethic mixed with his defensive intelligence and ability to transition make him a very effective player.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Wearing the letter for the Miners.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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